Top Ten Tuesday – Books With Endings That Left My Mouth Hanging Open

04 Oct

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can’t come up with ten, don’t worry about it—post as many as you can!

Books that left my mouth hanging open, from surprise, anger, disgust, happiness, etc.  There have definitely been a few that I just couldn’t speak afterwords or found myself sputtering out nonsense.

1. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa — Such a cliffhanger.  What is going to happen?  I couldn’t wait for The Iron Knight.  Thankfully I got a Net Galley of The Iron Knight to read.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Loved the series.  Loved the ending to the story.  But the epilogue just bugs the crap out of me.  I can’t stand epilogues.  They are too Cutesy cutesy wrap-ups.  Not needed.

3. LOTR: The Two Towers — Are Frodo and Sam going to make it?  Tolkien leaves us on such a cliffhanger.  OMG!

4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — I didn’t think I was going to like a Jane Austen retell, but I loved it.  A surprising experience.

5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan — Such a great book.  Very scary and the ending killed me.  What was going to happen to Mary?  We find out in the next book, but it’s not quite what you think.

6. The Prestige by Christopher Priest — I did not see that one coming.  It totally threw me for a loop, but in a good way.  I loved the ending.

7. Emma by Jane Austen — Overall, I like this book.  However, the ending where Frank Churchill sorta apologizes to Emma just gets me every time.  I can’t stand it.  I then want to feel like he didn’t mean to lead Emma on, but he did.  I have these mixed feelings about Frank.  I don’t like it.

8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — Such a beautifully sad ending.  It is just so beautifully written.  I love it!

9. The Awakening by Kate Chopin — An unexpected ending.  In retrospect, the ending completely makes sense for the story and Edna’s journey.  It’s great.

10. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer — I liked the first two books.  They were interesting takes on a dystopian world and survival.  However, the third one’s ending just made me so upset.  The tornado was so convenient.  Everything just changed in the last 10 pages.  I didn’t like it one bit.


Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Books


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7 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Books With Endings That Left My Mouth Hanging Open

  1. Jamie

    October 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Definitely agree with you on Gatsby. I totally didn’t think of that one! I still need to read the Iron Fey series. I’ve heard amazing things and even own the first one but I’m a slacker!

    Here’s my list of endings in books that left me with my mouth wide open!

  2. trish

    October 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hmm I’ll have to give Emma another try. I couldn’t get through it last time! But want to at least be familiar with Austen’s books and that’s one I have yet to finish.

  3. Brittani

    October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I completely agree with what you said about This World We Live In. Everything did change in the last pages.

    My Top Ten:


  4. Annie @ButteryBooks

    October 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    The Awakening is such a great choice!

    My Top Ten Tuesday:

  5. April Books&Wine

    October 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I’m so glad you included classics on this as well 🙂

    I love The Great Gatsby, you are right about it being beautiful ‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’ le sigh.

    AND AND The Awakening. Goodness. That book. I remember not liking the ending when I first read it. But once I had context, I really thought it fit.

  6. Diana@teenlitrocks

    October 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I also included The Two Towers! I didn’t include Emma on my list, but I just read it this summer for the first time, I really liked it.

  7. Tobe

    October 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Trish — Emma is definitely my least favorite of the Jane Austen, but considering she is my favorite author, it’s still amazing. You should try again soon.


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